|New Music America 1980: Selected Highlights, Program 2|
From a program produced by Minneapolis Public Radio (MPR) and the Walker Art Center, Nigel Redden, Director for Performing Arts at the Minneapolis based Center, introduces selected performances from the 1980 New Music America Festival, which was held over nine days in June 1980. This second in a series of four programs, begins with “Pattern Study No 2” and aleatoric piece for piano saxophone, trombone, percussion and double bass, composed by Stacey Bowers...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; MPR; New Music America Festival; New music; Electro-acoustic; Aleatory music; Free jazz; Soundscapes; Rock music
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|A Concert of Indian Classical Music by Ram Narayan|
On July 27, 1968, as the culmination of a month of special Indian music programing on KPFA, the radio station in conjunction with the American Society for Eastern Arts presented this concert featuring master sarangi player Ram Narayan, accompanied by tabla player Mahapurush Misra, and recorded at the Berkeley Little Theater. Narayan was born in Udaipur in Northwest India into a family of musician and soon learned to play the sarangi...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; sarangi; ragas; world music
|Labyrinth No. 3 by Lou Harrison|
Recorded at the Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos, CA, on August 26, 1967 this is Lou Harrison’s “Labyrinth No. 3,” for percussion ensemble. Originally scored for 11 percussionists it is possible that this particular performance was arranged for a differently sized ensemble. Regardless, this delightful work is perhaps one of the best examples of the many contemporary classical compositions for percussion orchestra were created by young modern composers such a Colin McPhee and John Cage duri...
Keywords: Music; KPFA-FM; New Music; 20th century classical; percussion ensembles
|Sonata for flute and piano by George Antheil|
Here are two recordings of George Antheil’s “Sonata” for flute and piano. The performers are Jane Lenoir, flute and Madeline Bruser, piano. The recording was made on October 18, 1971, at the Berkeley Piano Club in Berkeley, California. The first performance was before made at a public concert of the Pacifica Chamber Players. where the “Sonata” was played for the audience just after the completion of the regularly announced program...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Sonatas; 20th century classical
|1965 ONCE Festival: Concert Two|
The 1965 ONCE Festival was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from Feb. 11-14. This was the fifth in a series of Festivals put on during the early and mid-1960s which were devoted to new and avant-garde music. The founders of the Festivals and its associated ONCE Group included Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, George Cacioppo, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scavarda. This the second concert, held on February 12, 1965 included works by Russell Peck, Robert Ashley, George Crevoshay, George Cacioppo and Blue Gene...
Keywords: Music; New Music; KPFA-FM; Electronic music; Avant-Garde
|Introducing the Buchla Music Easel|
A 1975 recording of a party introducing one of Don Buchla’s synthesizer, probably the Music Easel. This program begins with the sounds of Buchla and others preparing the instrument for presentation while also describing its features to interested people who are milling around the studio. Then a composition entitled “Terminal References” is performed, followed by additional music that plays in the background as the party continues, and ending with the performance of a long electronic piece...
Keywords: Music; interview; electronic music; electro-acoustic; synthesizers
|Other Minds Presents: Preview event for Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose” - Other Minds|
Recorded on June 7, 2013 at The LAB in San Francisco, Other Minds presents a preview event for its upcoming presentation of Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose,” a piece for 100 guitars. During this event Rhys Chatham introduces two of his earlier compositions for multiple electric guitars, electric bass, and drums. In his introduction for the first work, an excerpt of “Guitar Trio,” Chatham tells how in the 1970s he was interested in minimalism but after hearing the band The Ramones perform...
Keywords: Other Minds Presents: A Secret Rose; Rhys Chatham; G3; G100; Interview; Rock music; Popular music; Noise music
|A Press Conference of Seiji Ozawa|
The press conference of Seiji Ozawa held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco to introduce the new conductor of the SF Symphony. Ozawa becomes Music Director of the Orchestra in the Fall of 1970. Despite showing up for the conference wearing a "Peace Now" button and making several comments against the Vietnam War, Ozawa reassured those older and more conservative fans of the Orchestra that his intention was to please the audience and not simply to shock them with modern radical compos...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Inteview; Press conference; current affairs; classical music; orchestral music
|An Interview with Margaret Fisher|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with dancer Margaret Fisher at her Berkeley music and dance space Cat’s Paw Palace of Performing Arts. The subject of the discussion is a public dance work “Emigration” which was scheduled to occur on Saturday, September 28, 1974, on the Marina in San Francisco. Fisher talks about how the public is invited to participate. The two also talk about the Cat’s Paw Palace and its function as a center for alternative dance and music performances...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Dance; Performance Art
|Worldwide Music: 25th Anniversary Concert of Gaudeamus|
Host Han Reiziger of VPRO (Dutch Radio) presents a puzzling concert, recorded in 1970 at the Concertgebouw of Haarlem, the Netherlands, with music by young Dutch composers Jan Welmers, Wim Schoenbeck, Gilius van Bergeyk, Daan Manneke, Wim de Ruiter, and Jacques Bank. All interspersed with selected underground tapes of Dutch Dixieland performances and camp arrangements for brass choir. Gaudeamus is an organization for the promotion of new music begun in 1945 by Walter Maas...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th century classical; New Music; Dutch composers
|Other Minds Festival: OM 18: Panel Discussion & Concert 3 - Other Minds|
The third and concluding concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on March 2, 2013, began with a panel discussion featuring the night’s composers and some of the performers. The discussion moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian begins with Canadian composer Aaron Gervais discussing his new composition “Work Around the World,” which is the third in a series of compositions that feature as their text one word in translated into...
Keywords: Other Minds; Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 18; Lecture; Panel discussion; electronic; mixed media; new music; 21st century classical
|Other Minds Festival: OM 18: Panel Discussion & Concert 2 - Other Minds|
The second concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on March 1, 2013, began with the traditional informative panel discussion featuring many of the nights composers and performers. Joining Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian on stage was Dohee Lee, Mattias Petersson, Anna Petrini, and Craig Taborn. The Korean composer and performance artist Dohee Lee talks about her home on Jeju Island and how her work is inspired by her grandmother’s risk...
Keywords: Other Minds; Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 18; Lecture; Panel discussion; new music; recorder music; electro-acoustic; electronic; 21st century music
|Other Minds Festival: OM 18: Panel Discussion & Concert 1 - Other Minds|
The first concert of the 18th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 18), held on February 28, 2013, commenced with an engaging panel discussion moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian. Joining Charles on stage are the concert’s featured performer’s, recorder player Bolette Roed, accordionist Andreas Borregaard, and violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen of the Danish based Trio Gáman; bansuri flute virtuoso G...
Keywords: Other Minds; Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 18; :Lecture; Panel discussion; world music; folk music; 21st century classical
|Other Minds Festival: OM 1: Concerts & Panel Discussions - Other Minds|
The first concert of the very first Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 1), was held on November 4, 1993 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It featured world premieres of compositions by Conlon Nancarrow and Julia Wolfe, as well as performances by Trimpin, Beth Custer and a selection of songs by kora master Foday Musa Suso with some added help from Philip Glass. This groundbreaking inaugural concert of new music began with “Contraption No...
Keywords: Other Minds; Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 1; californialightandsound; music; lecture; panel discussion; world music; new music; mechanical instruments
|Henry Cowell at the KPFA piano & Critics Circle on Censorship in the Arts|
From a KPFA-FM Transcription Disc, 1949. Henry Cowell at the KPFA Piano, August 16, 1949. Performs 3 works: Tides of Manaunaun; Aeolian Harp, Lilt of the Reel (with his comments on harmonization) (00:04:15) - all are music excerpts and not complete. The next portion contains a short panel discussion with the Critics Circle August 11, 1949. On Censorship in the Arts. Panelists: James McGiniss, San Francisco attorney; William J...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; californialightandsound; Lecture; Panel discussion, New music; piano music; current affairs
|Other Minds Presents: Nancarrow at 100 - A Centennial Celebration (Panel 2 and Concert No. 3) - Other Minds|
This is the second panel discussion of “Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration” a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. This panel discussion was the first event held on November 4, 2012, following which there was a film presentation at the Pacific Film Archive The...
Keywords: Nancarrow at 100; Other Minds; New Music; Centennial celebrations; lecture; panel discussion; pianola music; percussion music; 20th century classical; piano music; electronic music
|Other Minds Presents: Nancarrow at 100 - A Centennial Celebration (Concerts No. 1 and 2) - Other Minds|
This is the first day of panel discussions and concerts of “Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration” a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. After a brief introduction by Cal Performance Director Matias Tarnopolsky, Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic and Executive Direct...
Keywords: Other Minds Presents; Nancarrow at 100; Other Minds; New Music; Centennial celebrations; lecture; panel discussion; pianola music; player piano music; 20th century classical; string quartets
|A Concert of Live Electronic Music at U. C. San Diego (1968)|
This is a recording of a concert of live electronic music presented at the University of California in San Diego on April 18, 1968, featuring works by Martin Bartlett, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Anthony Gnazzo. The original concert program notes, written by Pauline Oliveros, states: For the past twenty years electronic music has been associated with magnetic tape and a stage devoid of performers. The equipment found in most classical electronic music studios was never intended for music-making but wa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; electronic; electro-acoustic; mixed media
|Virgil Thomson on Erik Satie’s “Socrate”|
Composer and music critic Virgil Thomson offers a traditional academic analysis of Erik Satie’s “Socrate,” placing the work in the context of its time and place. He compares the music of the school of Paris during the early 20th century with that of Vienna and elsewhere in Europe, paying particular attention to the role of irony and humor in both picture music and neoclassical traditions. He then provides piano accompaniment for Mariquita Moll, soprano and Larry Jarvis, tenor, in a perform...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
|An Avant-Garde Christmas Concert by the S.F. Conservatory of New Music Ensemble|
On December 3, 1970 the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble presented this Avant-Garde Christmas Concert, at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. The concert begins with “The Queens’ Funeral March and Canzona,” which was originally composed by Henry Purcell as incidental music for a play but was used for the funeral procession of Queen Mary in 1695. It has been orchestrated here by Robert Moran...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th century classical; New Music; 17th century classical
|Krenek plays Krenek: Four Piano Works Performed by the Composer|
This is a 1963 program featuring four piano works by Ernst Krenek introduced and performed by the composer himself. This first work, “Piano Sonata No. 3,” is a 12 tone work in four movements. Krenek describes in some detail the series of tones used in the composition and how the work is constructed. “Sechs Vermessene,” as Krenek explains, is a series of measurements of a 12 tone series, thus the title, which roughly translates as “Six Measurements.” “ Basler Massarbeit” was origi...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th century classical; Serialism; Avant-garde
|Conglomerate Radio: Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise|
In this broadcast of “Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise”, host Richard Friedman presents an interesting and eclectic blend of music, sound poetry, and sundry in-studio shenanigans. Recorded on October 26, 1970, this was a late night, free form program devoted to giving succor to insomniacs, hope to the soon to be hung-over, and pleasure to the persistent listener. This particular production profiles the progress made by Friedman and his partners in post-modern programing, Charle...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; folk music; electronic; jazz; world music
|A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Mahapurush Misra|
Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Mahapurush Misra one of India’s foremost tabla players. Misra describes his instrument and provides multiple examples of the variety of rhythmic patterns utilized in classical Indian music. Misra says that to learn these intricate rhythms a classical trained tabla player first plays them at a slow tempo and o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; world music; Indian music; panel discussions; lecture
|A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee|
Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Nikhil Banerjee one of India’s foremost sitar players. Banerjee briefly describes the raga system which includes a family of musical forms with five or more notes in the scale. These are further broken down into a set number of masculine and feminine forms which have then given arise to thousands of children ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; world music; Indian music; ragas; lectures; panel discussions
|Selected Writings and Music of Erik Satie|
A program first broadcast in 1968 featuring Howard Hersh reading excerpts from the collected writings of French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The selections, which seem to be taken from assorted lectures, essays, and perhaps diary entries are both whimsical and enlightening. Subjects vary from his love for cabbage soup (only surpassed by his love of his mother); a schedule of activities; a list of his preferred diet (only white foods); comments on the education system of France; as well as th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; documentaries, classical music, piano music, 20th century classical
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|Selected Songs by Erik Satie|
From a program first broadcast in 1969, Howard Hersh introduces a veritable cornucopia of songs composed by Erik Satie, with a sprinkling of Satie’s solo piano music and a song cycle by his friend Claude Debussy included for added seasoning. Although Satie is perhaps best known for his serene works for solo piano as well as his many dramatic works, he also produced a selection of song cycles and cabaret songs...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Art songs, piano music, cabaret music
|Flute Music from Northern India|
Carolyn Strauss introduces a program of flute music of Northern India. She relates how in the late 1960s, after a largely fruitless search for musicians that play a certain type of long low flute (bansuri) she was finally introduced to G. S. Sachdev. Despite his obvious proficiency Sachdev was at the time largely unknown in India and was being pressured to forgo his musical studies in order to take on his father’s rock crushing business...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; world music; Indian music; flute music; ragas
|Vexations by Erik Satie|
This is a 45 minute live performance by an unidentified pianist of Erik Satie’s “Vexations.” The work was composed in 1893 and although no particular instrument is specified in the score it has long been assumed that it was intended for the piano. The piece consists of a short theme that is repeated sometimes by itself and other times with the chords above. The manuscript has an inscription that states “Pour se jouer 840 fois de suite ce motif, il sera bon de se préparer au préalable, ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Classical Music, piano music
|Press Conference of Harold Farberman|
On February 26, 1970, Harold Farberman was presented to the San Francisco Bay Area media as the new Musical Director of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra during this press conference. Farberman was to succeed Gerhard Samuel, who had made quite a reputation at Oakland as an adventurous concert programmer, and had resigned from his post because he wanted to pursue more guest conducting jobs. As a result of this history, Farberman and Herbert Sandler, the vice president of the Symphony, emphasize the ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Interview; Orchestral music; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music); Conductors (Music); Press conferences
|A Concert of Contemporary Avant-Garde Music|
Selections from a concert of contemporary avant-garde music probably dating back to 1968 or thereabouts. This concert was most likely organized by pianist and composer Robert Moran, who was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s performing and producing concerts of experimental music, and most of the compositions included were aleatoric in nature. The first selection heard is Moran’s own “Interiors,” scored for an unspecified number of players, and performed here b...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New music; Avant-garde; Brass ensembles; Aleatory music
|Three Early Works by Howard Sandroff|
Three early works by Howard Sandroff. The first work, “Five Aphorisms” is for soprano and small instrumental ensemble, and takes as its text short “bits” of poetry by Kathleen Lombardo. According to the composer the intent of the piece was to create a work “using the sound of the words, rather than their meaning as a point of departure. The text, when sung, isn’t meant to be understood...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; New Music
|Morning Concert: Tamas Ungvary|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Hungarian born composer Tamas Ungvary about his work with electronic music. Ungvary who’s early musical experience was as a double bassist and conductor, first became aware of the possibilities of using computers to generate music when he heard about the electronic music studio at Stanford University from another Hungarian composer. In 1970 he moved to Sweden where he eventually became director of the Electro-acoustic Music Foundation in Sweden...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; computer music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
|Morning Concert: Aurelio de la Vega|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Cuban composer Aurelio de la Vega about his life and music. The two are joined in the KPFA studio by soprano, Anne Marie Ketchum, who recently recorded one of Vega’s works. In addition to hearing two of his pieces, Vega also discusses the work of two other Cuban composers, Alejandro García Caturla & Amadeo Roldán. Vega has taken on the Herculean task of cataloging the manuscripts and scores of Carturla, which were left in a highly disorganized state after he wa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; 20th century classical; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; clarinet music
|Untitled for Accordion by René Fabre|
Composed by René Fabre in 1981, “Untitled for Accordion” is an electro-acoustic composition in which the sounds of an accordion are electronically processed. The composer describes the piece this way: “Two half track tape recorders with a tape loop between them were used to explore resonance. Because of the continually re-recording nature of the two machine loop and utilizing the accordion bellows to create layers of pulsing amplitudes with the fundamental G-pedal, (and later combining to...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Accordion and electronic music
|Charles Amirkhanian Interviewed on Radio Adelaide - Radio Adelaide|
Charles Amirkhanian visited with host Grahame Dudley of Radio Adelaide, Australia, on December 1, 2011 (9am-12pm). "Imagine that you were asked to create a 60-second 'commercial' in the form of a work of new music which was to be aired on a European rock station. Furthermore, that the sound of the piece was, in some way, to exemplify the cultural connection between France and the U.S. Via immigration, migration, domination, and through war and peace, the populations of these two nations have, by...
Keywords: Radio; Music; Interview; Radio Adelaide; Charles Amirkhanian; New music; Electronic music; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry; Musique concrète
|An Avant-Garde Christmas Concert by the S. F. Conservatory of New Music Ensemble|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces a concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, originally recorded on December 5, 1969, at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. After an initial selection of 15th century Christmas carols the concert veers sharply towards the 20th century with a performance of Anton Webern’s brief, but wholly satisfying, “Three Small Pieces, Op. 11,” for piano and cello...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; 15th century music; Christmas music
|The Festival of Christmas: Carols & Songs|
Terry Hawkins presents a program of traditional Christmas carols performed by a variety of famous opera singers,choirs, and orchestras. The recordings heard are of a consistent high quality and Hawkins provides valuable commentary as to the origin of many of these very familiar songs. Even those for whom Christmas may not be a religious holiday should enjoy these soaring and inspirational melodies.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Choruses; Christmas music; Classical music
|A Concert of New Music|
A recording of a concert of new music held on August 26, 1963 at the Pocket Theatre in New York City as a benefit for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. According to a New York Times review the star of the event was a rhythmic music machine created by the Fluxus artist and composer Joe Jones. The machine, called a Melchior (sp?), looked like a coat tree and included two violins, metronomes, a clock, some Japanese wood chimes, a fan, and apparently a small steam engine, under which...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New music; Mechanical musical instrument music; Unconventional Instruments; Electronic music
|Works by Ian Underwood and Douglas Leedy|
Two works by Ian Underwood and Douglas Leedy, presented at a May 1965 concert on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The “Brass Quintet” was composed by Ian Underwood in April and May of 1965 for the composition seminar at U. C. Berkeley. There is no score, only a set of parts for the ensemble, which consists of two trumpets, two trombones, and French horn. On this recording the second trombone is played on a Wagner tuba...
Keywords: KPFA-FM: Music; New Music; Chamber music; Aleatory music; Brass quintets; Improvisation; Piano music
|Harold Farberman On His Opera "The Losers"|
In an interview with Charles Amirkhanian composer Harold Farberman discusses his opera "The Losers," which was premiered on March 26, 1971, at the Juilliard Opera Theater, Lincoln Center, to an astonished audience which witnessed the saga of a motorcycle gang complete with chain whippings and a gang rape. Farberman begins by giving a detailed synopsis of the work, which tells the story of a fight for control of a motorcycle gang and was intended as a meditation on violence in society...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Opera
|Three Songs for baritone and instruments by Donald Cobb|
Recorded at a May 1970 concert held at Mills College in California, this is three songs by Donald Cobb with texts by Walt Whitman. The singer is baritone Edgar Jones, accompanied by an unidentified chamber ensemble. Rich, melodic, and lyrical, these three art songs skillfully avoid the pitfalls of shaky vocals and tinkling accompaniment that all too often is the hallmark of 20th century musical settings of poetry.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Art Songs
|Accidents by Larry Austin|
Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is Larry Austin’s “Accidents” for electronically prepared piano. The performers are pianist and frequent John Cage collaborator, David Tudor, with additional electronics provided by the composer himself. Austin, born in Duncan, OK., in 1930 is an electronic and computer music composer and co-founder and editor of “Source: Music of the Avant-Garde” which was noted for it publication of experimental...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic; Prepared piano music
|Orchestral Music by Three Polish Composers|
A selection of 20th century classical works by three Polish composers. The first piece “Intonazioni I” by Edward Boguslawski, is scored for nine instruments and is performed here by members of the Silesian Philarmonic under the direction of Karol Stryja. This is followed by Tadeusz Baird’s “Four Dialogues,” for oboe and chamber orchestra, featuring soloist Lothar Faber and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and possibly conducted by Witold Rowicki...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th century classical; Polish Composers; Instrumental ensembles; Symphonies
|Pitch Out by Allan Bryant|
Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is a recording of members of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), performing Allan Bryant’s “Pitch Out” for three guitars and electronics. Musica Elettronica Viva was the premiere experimental electronic music ensembles performing live music during the 1960s and 70s. Bryant, a founding member of MEV, is an American composer noted for his reexamination of the electric guitar as a source of electronic sounds ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic; Aleatory music; Guitar music
|Stereo Radio by Anthony Gnazzo|
“Stereo Radio” is another inventive experimental composition by one of the early wizards of the electronic music studio, Anthony Gnazzo. Ever playful and energetic Gnazzo was well known to KPFA listeners in the 1960s and 70s for his often irreverent yet always entertaining works that explored all the conceivable possibilities offered up by early electronics, new aleatoric compositional techniques, tape manipulation, with the occasional kitchen sink occasionally thrown in for good measure...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Electronic music; Electro-Acoustic; Musique concrète; Aleatory music
|Sonata, for cello and piano by Tibor Harsányi|
An early recording of Tibor Harsányi’s 1928 “Sonata” for cello and piano, performed by Hans Kindler on cello and the composer on piano. A French composer of Hungarian birth, Harsányi studied with both Bartók and Kodály, and toured extensively as a concert pianist before finally settling down in the Netherlands and then Paris in 1924. Although Harsányi early works were influenced by the sam desire to explore native Hungarian folksongs like his mentor Bartók, he later developed his own...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th century classical; Chamber music; Sonatas
|Serge Koussevitzky: Master of the Double Bass|
A recording of two works composed or arranged, and performed by Serge Koussevitzky on double bass and Pierre Luboshutz, on piano. The first piece is an arrangement for piano and double bass, of the Largo movement of Henry Eccles “Sonata No. 11 in G Minor.” This is followed by Koussevitzky’s own composition “Chanson Triste.” The occasional scratchy quality of this historical early 20th century recording takes nothing away from the deep, mournful, and resonant sound of these two pieces, ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Classical Music; Double bass and piano music
|Dresden Interleaf and Medium Size Mograph by Gordon Mumma|
Gordon Mumma was born in 1935 in Framingham, Mass. One of the originators of the ONCE Festival, he has also established, in collaboration with Robert Ashley, several tours of contemporary music productions. Mumma’s composition “Mograph-Interleaf-Mograph” makes use of large sections of electronic music materials. The “Interleaf” section, by itself called “The Dresden Interleaf (13 February 1945) In Memoriam,” is almost entirely electronic, being composed on four-channel magnetic tap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electronic; Electro-Acoustic; New music; Piano music; Aleatory music
|The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations by John Payne|
“The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations” is a work by electronic composer John Payne, and was composed for a broadcast by KPFA in 1971. The work is for dual pianos and altered pianos. There is an intitial statement for two pianos, followed by four variations for dual altered pianos, in which the sound of the pianos is modified by physical and electronic means. The performer on this tape piece is the composer, John Payne.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic; New Music; Prepared piano music
|Toot le Fromage by John Payne|
“Toot le Fromage” is an electronic synthesizer composition by the Berkeley, California based composer, John Payne. The first 25 minutes of this at times almost minimalist piece were composed on the Buchla Synthesizer at Mills College in January 1969. The last five minutes were composed in November 1970 on the Moog Synthesizer at Different fur Trading Company in San Francisco. Taken together the entire work is a perfect example of the sort of music being produced in the 1960s and early 1970s ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electronic; Electro-Acoustic; Synthesizer music